Despite having assured gaelikaa in a comment in her blog post that I would see the film,I almost did not make it to this movie because of sheer laziness. First my usual movie going companion could not make it due to totally unavoidable reasons and the alternative, a dear friend disappeared yesterday to Mumbai but when my first option contacted me late last evening and suggested that we go this morning, my laziness disappeared and I arranged everything to enable my exit from home early in the morning for a morning show and lunch out.
I am glad I did.
The entire picture of an hour of forty-five minutes revolves around two main characters with two almost cameo roles who come in to add spice to the tale. I had never seen any of the four before in any movie because my seeing Hindi films have restarted just about a couple of months ago. And I was impressed by all the four. The director, is also new to me and what direction!
The story line is taut the characters and dialogues totally believable and superlative performances with excellent camera work completes the grand experience. Gulzar‘s presence is unforgettable as I have followed his passion over decades. A puzzling aspect of the film is why it was shot entirely in Fiji when the story is based in the India Pakistan border! Similar locations can be had in many parts of India.
Rather than review the film here, let me leave you with a very unusual review in a leading Indian daily to give you more information. Suffice it to say that the film gets[rating=6] from me.
There were four viewers inside the theater but two were busy canoodling and so only the two of us really saw it. A pity. I hope that it does much better in other theaters.
And I would be remiss in my duty if I did not praise the excellent food that we had at Tikka Town, a restaurant run by a friend.